Social Enterprises and Agricultural Value Chains in Southeast Asia
This chapter presents the results of a research study carried out by the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia on social enterprises with the poor as primary stakeholders (SEPPS) in agricultural value chains in Southeast Asia. The most developed SEPPS had distinct delivery systems, programmes or partners to ensure the provision of transformational services. Agricultural value chains are vertical networks of economic actors who buy from and sell to each other as they perform various functions to produce and deliver agricultural products or services to end markets. The approaches and strategies employed in the value-chain intervention were transparent, followed an accountable system of governance, and increased women’s participation and capabilities. Models of corporate-led agricultural value-chain interventions tend to focus mainly on developing the capacity of small producers as suppliers of raw materials or semi-finished products needed by the core business of the corporation.